Better together,
since 1955

A Firm Dedicated to Community

We are a firm dedicated to building active, inspired communities through innovative design solutions and ideas. This goes to the heart of what we do, how we operate, and every decision we make as a firm. Everything we do centers on community impact.

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Sustainability at LSW

Sustainability, to LSW, is about the future. We hold ourselves accountable to our clients and to the public through the quality of the built environment we design. This means considering the long-term impact of our work and how it will serve, benefit and impact future generations.

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Core Beliefs

Life is a Gift

Provide Value In Every Relationship

Design Matters

Operate In Unique Ability

Created to Be Creative

Love and Serve

Our Team

People are our driving force. They are the relationship builders. The community changers. The ones carrying our beliefs and values. Each person brings something unique to the table, adding to the fabric of talent, ideas, and perspectives at LSW. That's what makes us better together.

Spencer Anderson


Licensed Architect | CPHC, LEED Green Associate

Worldly travel at a young age exposed me to new cultures and unfamiliar environments, sparking my interest in architecture and design as a venue to create thriving spaces for others to enjoy. I have found my niche in housing design – it is rewarding to pour effort into something that one day will be called “home”. Outside of work I enjoy being outdoors: winter skiing, summer hikes, and everything in-between.

Kora Anzellotti


This profession chose me, most likely because I have a natural interest in enhancing people’s experiences and finessing operations. Being able to create a happy workplace environment is very rewarding to me. I love the flexibility it allows to cultivate new connections, because relationships matter. I love trying new recipes, the spicier the better! I enjoy travelling and exploring the food/music scenes in the area and making friends. I also like to paint, speak new languages, the wine industry and binge watching anything with my cat. A drive to the coast always makes for great memories!

Max Ault

Chief Strategy Officer

My career has been an amazing journey interwoven by a sincere and passionate love of community, service, and amplification of positive impact on others. Understanding that systems, driven by people, can yield amazing collective impact, I wake up every day pursuing projects, policies, and strategies that ensure community success, resiliency and sustainability. Outside of work, I can be found outdoors on the paddle board, hiking through the great PNW, or up in the air on the next travel adventure.

Derek Brown

I have always had an interest in architecture’s ability to enhance the way we experience the world at varying scales. From a meticulously crafted detail to spaces for congregation, thoughtful design enriches our daily lives. Having the opportunity to engage with both individuals and communities through that creativity inspires me every day. My other passions include live music, colored pencils, science fiction and historic nonfiction, beach and hard-court volleyball, generally being outdoors and anything involving a little friendly competition.

Trevor Chayce


Architecture intrigues me through its ability to give others a sense of “home”. Every design opportunity is a puzzle; discovering a successful design and how to construct it keeps this profession an ever-growing passion of mine. Outside of the office, I stay active through CrossFit, jiu-jitsu, and rock climbing. I am an adventurer, happy to tackle a bucket list of new experiences and places to travel with my wife.

Esther Cho Liu

Principal | President

Licensed Architect | AIA, LEED AP

For as long as I can remember, architecture has always been my passion. I decided to become an architect in the fourth grade and have never looked back. I am excited about practicing in the growing Vancouver/Portland community. When I am not working, my life revolves around my two active daughters. I also enjoy the outdoors with my husband, traveling, painting, guitar, piano, and photography.

Chad Daarud



Growing up in England, I visited architectural masterpieces throughout Europe, resulting in my passion for architecture. I enjoy architecture’s balance of creative and technical aspects, and I am excited daily to positively impact our community through my profession. In addition to spending time with my beautiful wife and two daughters, I enjoy kite flying, bowling, cars, and traveling. My favorite activity is cooking Saturday morning breakfast for my girls.

Kristina Daarud


Licensed Architect | AIA, LEED AP

As a native of Clark County, I enjoy that architecture gives me the ability to positively-impact my community, continuing its legacy of being a great place to live and raise my family. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family. Whether we are outside participating in a triathlon, or cuddled up on the couch watching a movie, there is no place I would rather be.

Regan Dyer

Associate AIA

I’ve always loved building/making and architecture was the perfect way to combine my scientific and creative sides. The fact that good design can have such a positive impact on people and their communities keeps me excited about architecture and makes me want to continue designing buildings that will change the world! Outside of work, I love spending time with my family and traveling. I also like to practice photography and try out new recipes (although I am the worst baker ever!). I really enjoy being outside (running, mountain biking, and hiking)…can’t wait to discover all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer!

Mike Harmel

As a technical-minded individual, I love understanding how things are put together and built. The practice of architecture for me is just that – how buildings are constructed and all the little details that most people would never notice. I spend a ton of time with my new family, but I also enjoy wrenching on cars and motorcycles, sometimes it’s nice to just go out enjoy the great outdoors too.

Meg Harvey

Associate | Marketing Director

I knew from a young age I wanted to work in a creative environment, but having so many interests made choosing a career path especially challenging. I found that design allowed me to explore a diverse client base to feed my curiosity. I like anything that involves being on the water and generally being outside. I also enjoy making jewelry, trying new cuisine, seeing live musical performances, traveling, reading/podcast-listening, and spending quality time with my partner and family.

Drew Jepsen

Licensed Architect

I studied architecture because I felt it was a good fit for my talents and abilities. I enjoy the challenges and love that I get to bring myself fully to engage design problems. Finding beautiful responses to the issues at hand is what keeps me going. When not at a desk, I enjoy traveling, reading, making music, and exploring outside.

Andrew Jones

I am passionate about people, the stories they share and the built environment that frames them. Design and building can be a long road – but architecture at its best uncovers genuine human relationship and beautiful structures along the way. The joy of developing such keeps me going. Outside of work, I whittle little wood creatures, play music and read fantasy novels.

Karen Knauss


Licensed Architect | AIA

Building blanket forts and playing with Legos were things I loved doing with friends as a kid. Some things have changed, but the concept is the same, I still enjoy working with a team to create environments that serve the community and its individuals. With my family, I enjoy mountain biking, hiking, traveling, and, if I have a quiet moment, you’ll find me immersed in a good book.

Terran Kofford


Well, accounting was first in the career book in high school… Really though, I’ve always liked the way that accounting lets you tie out a whole jumble of numbers in a methodical way. When I’m not crunching numbers, I enjoy traveling, especially when there is an espresso, wine, beer, or exotic food to try out. I fell in love with the PNW beaches and you never know when I’ll grab the family and head out for an impromptu beach trip!

Christian Korta

Licensed Architect | Associate AIA

My pursuit of architecture has spanned most of my school life. In high school, I’d often sketch my designs on the backs of my assignments. I believe that architecture is the stage of our lives, and I am motivated to create a more beautiful stage. My other interests include camping, rock climbing, running, biking, hiking, and, you know…general adventuring! I also share a passion for professional photography with my wife.

Alison Lackey

Focus Manager

I love helping people, it’s very meaningful to know what I’m doing is taking them one step closer to achieving their goals. Also, being part a team that is always looking towards a bigger future that involves the head and the heart, and how we can continue to positively impact and contribute to our community. Family time, with exploratory cooking, walking the dogs or tackling house projects are my favorite things to do. I’m a music aficionado, gardening-geek, and create art.

Alex Lawson

Associate AIA

I have always been passionate about the arts, but I found my love for architecture in high school; my grandfather got me hooked after showing me floor plans he designed as an architect. I find it extremely rewarding to improve my community through my job. My free time is spent with my husband, my partner in crime for discovering the Northwest, impromptu road trips, binge-watching Netflix, and friendly photography competitions.

Vaughn Lein

Founding Partner

Licensed Architect

When I was young, my brother was studying to become a civil engineer. While I admired his studies, I wanted to take the design portion up a notch, therefore, I chose architecture. As one of LSW’s founding partners, I am deeply invested in the success of LSW and our clients. Though retired from being a Principal, I enjoy helping LSW continue to become a leading architectural firm through our projects and our community involvement.

Keith Livie


Licensed Architect

I enjoy figuring out how to put buildings together to achieve the client’s, and our, vision of the building. Building design requires coordination of many elements in order for all the pieces to work together. I enjoy my time away from work. I have two sports cars that I love driving on the back roads of Oregon and Washington…the more curves, the better. I also like snow skiing and boating.

Carrie McIntyre

My quirk, since childhood, is drawing floor plans, translating cartoons into maps of castles and pre-Columbian villages. Buildings tell stories of our priorities and values. More than form for its own sake, I want to incorporate as many threads as possible into a design: responses to the prevailing winds, street level community, economic adaptable re-use. I love to translate a new story into a physical benefit for our time and place. I still like drawing responses to new places, like tailoring something to fit just a bit better. To feed my inspiration, I consider myself a bit of a “flaneur”, doing figure eights in cities and neighborhoods, often camera in hand, just looking at all the details.

Eric Nielssen


Growing up around art and architecture, drawing, and building construction has been part of my life since I was very young. To be a part of amazing, collaborative teams and focusing on high-quality projects for our clients is very rewarding. Outside of work I enjoy skiing, soccer, mountain bike-riding, and spending time with family and friends.

Jason Olson

Associate Principal

Licensed Architect | AIA, LEED AP

The profession of architecture, while humbling at times, provides the daily challenge of quarterbacking a large team of design/engineering professionals all with the same goal of a great project and a happy client. I love the journey each project presents and the opportunity to work in my unique ability and exceed the client’s expectations. When I’m not working I enjoy being a dad, running, golfing, hiking, camping and my side hustle of officiating NCAA Volleyball.

Megan Olson


Licensed Architect | AIA, LEED AP

Architecture first caught my interest as a 6th grade student. Today I am excited to be working in Vancouver and to be a part of what is going on in this growing community. I love that my job goes beyond the doors of my office and impacts our world. I enjoy running, hiking, music/violin, baking, reading, and spending time out-of-doors in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Shanan Pickett

Project Team Support

I grew up playing with my father’s drafting tools, designing my dream home. As an adult, my merchandising degree taught me about the hard work and dedication that goes into creating functional beauty. I enjoy my role supporting LSW’s architects and designers in creating functional and beautiful spaces. Away from work, I love spending time with my family. I live for that first cup of coffee and a good book on a stormy day!

Fen Qi

I learned drawing and fine art for many years in China until I became fascinated about design, which actualizes the combination of functionality and aesthetics. I am a passionate learner and the field of design has giving me many opportunities to learn and grow. I love music all the time. I also like traveling and hiking with my family.

Scott Randall


BIM Manager

From a young age, I’ve enjoyed drawing and building with my hands. When considering a career, I combined the two interests in my decision to pursue architecture. I love the look and environment of a beautifully-designed space and I enjoy creating that for others. My free time is spent doing projects around the house and exploring the outdoors. I enjoy any activity on the water, running, and bicycling.

Stefani Randall

Associate Principal

Licensed Architect | AIA

I have always been intrigued by the experience of space and human interaction. I love that architecture provides the platform to create an inspiring human experience through the design. Outside of work, my two lovely daughters keep me busy. I enjoy finding new places to explore, new restaurants, and new parks or tide pools. I love the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, found in the landscape, sunsets and clouds.

Kyle Rogers

Associate AIA

I have always viewed architecture as an opportunity for creative expression within a complex puzzle. I find the design process rewarding, especially given how buildings can positively impact the community and influence the world. My free time is spent with my beautiful wife, Natalie, exploring the Portland/Vancouver area, eating good food, or kicking back for a movie and popcorn. I also enjoy, cars, snowboarding, and all things basketball – Go Warriors!

Heather Romero

Associate | Director of Interiors

After several years in business administration, I realized I wasn’t satisfied, leading me to interior design. Now, I truly love what I do and I find fulfillment in creating spaces that positively impact the feelings, emotions, and lives of others. I cherish my relationships with friends and family. Family, of course, includes my two amazing four-legged “dog children”. I crave adventure, new experiences, and laughter.

Mark Schlichting


Licensed Architect | AIA

Constructing things has always interested me. Architecture allows me to experience the best of two worlds through the process of creating concepts with people and transforming those ideas into built reality. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, camping, hiking and fishing.

Missy Sherratt

Born and raised in Los Angeles, I had the opportunity to learn from a great mixture of ideas and concepts. My eye naturally gravitates towards how textiles colors and nature all work together. The beauty of design has always attracted me from a young age. I love to take things I see in nature and apply them to my design somehow. Whether it is simply choosing natural elements that make a place feel at peace or adding floral inspirations to liven up an area. Outside of work, I love spending time with my family. Watching my 2 little girls grow has been amazing, terrifying, and wonderful experience. My husband and I enjoy taking the girls hiking, camping, riding dirt bikes and off-road vehicles

Chris Spurgin

Associate Principal

Licensed Architect | LEED AP

I knew I wanted to be an Architect as a child growing up in the Midwest, despite my mother encouraging me to be a stand-up comedian. Doing good work with good people keeps me engaged. Outside of work you’ll find me with my lovely and hilarious wife hiking, camping, kayaking, traveling, standing very still or basically doing anything that will allow me to see a new bird.

Alyssa Stacherski

As a kid, I had the opportunity of driving a bobcat on a construction site with my dad, and I was sure that was what I was going to be when I grew up...a bobcat driver. I was blown away by it all: the hardhats, the machinery, the people, the drawings of what mere piles of dirt would become. Since then, my interests and passions have shifted and changed, but the root of them has stayed constant. Whether I was building a K-nex ferris wheel, wooden crafts, renovating a 99’ Dodge Ram into a home, or designing multi-family housing, I have always been driven to create, build, and transform the materials around me into works of art. After hours, I enjoy getting outside, biking, hiking, playing softball, and exploring new places and cultures.

Kourtney Strong


Licensed Architect | AIA, CSI, CDT

When I was a child, our family house underwent a significant renovation, spurring my fascination with architecture. Today, architecture continues to inspire me through its combination of creativity and technicality and through the process of transforming something from idea to built reality. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I love traveling the world, exploring the Pacific Northwest, and finding new local spots in Portland.

Amanda Thao

Associate AIA

Originally, I wanted to be involved in film. But after some parental encouragement, I tried architecture – it stuck. I enjoyed the process of finding/creating the poetics of space. What currently drives me is what originally captivated me: the similarities between my original passion and my new one. Every person has a story; buildings and the spaces within are no different. Architecture is the telling of that story. Outside of work, film is still an active passion of mine. I occasionally write reviews and screenplays while continuing to learn about the art. I’m also a music enthusiast, concert goer, vinyl appreciator, analog film photographer, Scrabble master, and a Spider-Man 1960’s comic fan since birth.

Clayton Truscott


I’ve always been a doodler and note taker. Writing stories and documenting events is a natural extension of what I’d be doing on any other day. I’m genuinely interested in people and the stories they tell to make sense of the world. Outside of work, I spend as much time as possible with my family (wife, son, cat, rabbit). Also, surfing and getting outside to walk, run, and play.

Cintia Vieira

I think architecture has the power to change people’s lives. When we design a comfortable, sustainable, beautiful and functional building, we’re not creating just walls. We’re creating an amazing space that can impact the community, creating spaces where people feel good and want to be, making new opportunities to improve and change their lives. That’s the beauty of architecture. Outside of work, I love to travel, go to new places and learn the culture, go to the beach, swim, hike, have some outdoor adventures, watch movies and eat good (and not spicy) food!

Trevor Weltzer


Licensed Architect | NCARB

The built environment is ubiquitous, inescapable, shapes the fabric of our daily lives and merges artistry with engineering. It is as complex as all the people and context that intersect with it – which also keeps it exciting and new. I’m a sucker for a story, whether it’s a movie, video game or a good old-fashioned paperback. When I need a break from the imaginary, I cook, brew, hike, travel and take on projects slightly bigger than I can realistically manage.

Terry Werdel


Licensed Architect

I’ve always loved to make things – stories, drawings, models, spaces….things that not only have purpose, but also beauty, and are not merely assembled, but created. I want to add something to the world, something that wasn’t there before – something beneficial, something beautiful. I enjoy reading, writing, and working in the yard, but my passion since childhood has been building plastic models.

Naleigha Williams

I discovered my passion for architecture in college after realizing I that could merge my love for serving the community with my creativity to impact lives. I am motivated by the mental and physical changes a person/community can experience and the challenge to create beautiful, equitable, and intentional designs. Outside of work, I love spending time with my family and dogs, whether it's watching a good show or trying a new food spot. I am a traveler that loves creating new and exciting memories.

Ralph Willson


Licensed Architect | AIA

My parents instilled in me that we are all blessed with gifts and talents. I found mine in the arts, math, and science and I discovered architecture to be a beautiful blend of the gifts and talents I was given. When I am not working, you may find me traveling, fly-fishing, or riding motorcycles, but more likely spending time with my wife, enjoying family and our grandchildren.

Farleigh Winters


Licensed Architect | AIA, CDT, LEED Green Associate

I happened upon architecture in college, finding that it married several of my favorite subjects: math, art, and human interaction. I am attracted to architecture because of its ability to affect human experience through things that are meaningful and beautiful. Outside of work I enjoy being active – biking, dancing, or playing basketball – and engaging with people. I am an avid word-gamer, leisure-reader, and people-watcher.

Shara Wokal

Chief Financial Officer | Associate Principal

My profession developed from an eclectic background of accounting/finance, HR, project management, and general leadership. In each area, my employers gave me flexibility to learn and expand my “tool box.” It is this flexibility that energizes me each day. Outside of work, I enjoy exercise through MMA, Barre, Hiit, and yoga. On the weekends, it is not uncommon for me to take “downtime” literally, staying in bed for a day to watch movies and read.

Casey Wyckoff

Principal | CEO

Licensed Architect | AIA

I guess to put it simply, I love what I do. I get to live and work in a community that is striving to become something great. It’s not about what I can do, but more about what can I be a part of. I enjoy time with my family, running, good food, coaching, art and skiing.

Brent Young

Associate Principal

Licensed Architect | AIA

When I was young, I was amazed to learn that people could decide what their buildings would be like and my career direction was set. I still am amazed by the opportunity to create utility, sensibility, and beauty in our built environment. When I can break away from my drafting board, I enjoy travelling in foreign lands, camping in the mountains, and anything that involves being with my family.

Kurt Zenner

Associate Principal

Licensed Architect | AIA, LEED AP

Though I grew up on a ranch on the Palouse in Idaho surrounded by stunning beauty, I found that I was always more interested in old barns, homesteads and buildings than I was with the crops and animals. I have designed learning environments for over 20 years and I find the creation of buildings that empower students to learn to be very satisfying. Schools have many different types of spaces to consider and every client is unique. This variety and commitment to students and lifelong learners keeps me coming back for more. I spend a lot of time with my wife, Michaell. We like to cook and travel. I like to spend time in the garden or in the pages of a good book. Favorite places are Mexico and the Canadian Rockies!

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